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The Instructional Sandwich
Leslie B. Preddy
One of the most productive pieces of knowledge I've gained is to make a sandwich out of anything unpleasant. If I am asking my principal for money to run a program, I start with a positive of how great a current activity is going, then get to the meat of the matter and describe our need, purpose, and request, then top that with an expression of gratitude for something he has done recently to positively impact students or staff. Read More
Leap into Reading
Stacey Rattner
Pay It Forward
There are so many opportunities to "pay it forward" professionally. As we enter a new school year, I challenge you to do one or two. The effects are so satisfying.
Technology Connections
Ida Mae Craddock
Heather Moorefield-Lang
It can be difficult to find content that precisely follows the content of a lesson. One of the solutions to that dilemma is to create your own. When you can't find the technology you are looking for, create the technology you need. There are several resources to help you create content that is customized to your students.
Adding Friction: How to Design Deliberate Thinking into the Research Process
How to help students think like historians when annotating sources.
On-Ramps for Learning: Storytelling for Everyone
If you've ever watched a child's expression change from "Huh?" to "Aha!"—that magical moment when understanding is achieved, when the lightbulb goes on, and the connections are made—you know the joy of witnessing a small miracle. That's what storytelling brings to the classroom, especially for children who have intellectual /developmental disabilities. Read More
A Charlottesville Tale: Students Taking Back Their Story
Our school stands about two blocks from the site of the Unite the Right rally. While the protesters protested and the ralliers rallied, quietly the children of Charlottesville wondered where they fit in the story, whether or not they were safe in their own town, and, as the trauma faded, how they could change how their own stories are told. Read More
Helping Digital Readers Find Their Way
In a world where the hyperlink, the pop-up, the video on the side, and the custom ad based on shopping preferences are loose yarns that draw a reader out of the fabric of the desired information, the question becomes how can we engage our digital students in a way that will inspire deeper reading? Read More
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